Hello and Welcome to my blog. I am glad that you are here.

I am a mom who has experienced Postpartum Depression/Postpartum Mood Disorder (PMD). I am now a Postpartum Depression Awareness & Support Activist.

I entitled my blog "It Takes A Village" in reference to the African proverb that is so commonly known. I feel very strongly that we as a society have set very high standards and expectations of new mothers to take care of their children on their own, without support or help after the first week or so.

I think we have it backwards: New Mom's need respite and support whether they are well or not. We need support and encouragement, and someone to relieve us so that we can get some sleep and time to rejuvienate.

My aim with this blog is to bring awareness to the world, and support to other Moms (and possibly Dads) that are going through this experience. I am passionate about reducing stigma as it creates the barrier that keeps women silent and suffering. I want Moms to feel safe enough to share their story and get the support and help they need to get better.

I encourage you, if you believe you may be experiencing more than the "baby blues" to seek out help. You will not be judged or criticized. The goal of all list here on this blog are to support you and help you heal so that you may live the life you dreamed of with your child.

This blog is a work in progress, please check in often to see more updates and new information!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sunlight Affective Disorder and PMD

Get out in the Sun!  The Glorious Sun! It heals the heart and soul. I had a "winter baby" and so, had the winter blues due to lack of sunlight exposure on top of the postpartum depression. (I think I was a tree or flower in a past life, because I feel I am lost without the sun!)
I have had issues with being sad in the winter before, but not in the two winters before my baby was born. I wondered why, and I figured it out: last year I was outside everyday as a part of my job, and the year before, I went to Vegas and Mexico. (It was a great year for me!)
So, get out! Go for a walk, even when the sun isn't shining. Look for nature paths near your home. The sun plus the exercise will do wonders for your mood!!

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